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Twitter 'can censor by country'

Discussion in 'Social Media, SEO/SEM & Online Marketing' started by Ron, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. Ron

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    Social networking site Twitter announced that it now has the technology to reactively withhold content from users in a country but the removed content would be available to the rest of the world.

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    Twitter explained in its blog post that its international growth meant entering countries that have "different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression".

    What are your thoughts on this latest move by Twitter? Would this have any adverse impact on free speech? Should censorship be done by Twitter or does it come down to the user being responsible for what he uploads/reads?
  2. mitchymoo

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    I think the responsibility should lay with the user however they should be able to protect themselves by adding a disclaimer absolving them of any legal responsibility for post that contravene certain countries laws regarding freedom of speech.
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  3. Ron

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    Cheers for the comment Jacob.:)

    Personally, I'm for free speech but I also understand why Twitter needs to implement censoring content as they are a business and that they need to abide by the laws in these countries with more conservative culture than be left with a few countries in which to operate.
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    Given the apparant use of twitter to organise to an extent the London riots, it may not be a bad thing. Would be interesting to know who could request the 'censorship' to take place though as this obviously has more significant issues.
  5. mitchymoo

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    Yes, but you have to remember that Twiiter was also used to help police track down the people who instigated the riots. Also you have to remember how social media helped to co-ordinate the "arab spring" uprisings:

    http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/facebook-and-twitter-key-to-arab-spring-uprisings-report

    What would have happened if twitter had censored communication during that time?
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